Monday, 13 January 2020 07:10

SNP DEMANDS URGENT PUBLICATION OF KEY RUSSIA SECURITY REPORT

CONTINUED SUPPRESSION OF REPORT IS “UNJUSTIFIABLE” SAYS SNP’S STEWART MCDONALD

The SNP has demanded the UK Tory government urgently reconvenes Westminster’s Intelligence & Security Committee and publishes a key report on the interference of Russian security agencies into UK democracy.

Boris Johnson’s Security Minister, Brandon Lewis, was pressed on the long-delay to the report – falsely claiming the Intelligence & Security Committee must first appoint a Chairman before its findings can be released.

The SNP’s Shadow Secretary for Defence, Stewart McDonald, has explained that as the committee is covered by statute by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and therefore does not need to be held up for select committee elections.

Commenting further, SNP MP Stewart McDonald said:

“The longer Boris Johnson suppresses the security report on Russian interference, the more questions are raised about what the Tories are hiding.

“It’s completely unjustifiable and poses a serious threat to our democracy. This report should have been published months ago – long before the general election.

“It is totally inaccurate to blame the delay of this report on elections for select committee positions. Boris Johnson and his cronies are trying to pull the wool over eyes – but voters won’t be fooled.

“The longer the Tories delay the publication of this report, the more people will ask what Boris Johnson has to hide.”

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